Happy Wednesday! We made it to the middle of the week. Woop!
I think I have told you 3.5 times in the last 5 days how much I am loving spring in the mountains. The hillsides are this perfect shade of pale, yet vibrant green that only exists this time of year. And don’t get me started on all the flowers everywhere. It is spectacular.
And then there is my garden. I get giddy excited when it comes time to plant it.
I don’t know why or how, but somehow I ended up with a green thumb. I’ve never really been trained or taught, but I have a knack for it. The Wunder family (my Dad’s parents parents) were melon farmers way back when, so maybe it is just in my blood.
I adore planting my veggies and flowers and enjoying them all season long.
This year I am growing… zucchini (remember my GIANT one last year!) and squash… (yellow and patty pan)
Cucumber, kale and rainbow Swiss chard…
Peppers.. (purple bell, chocolate bell *new to me,* banana, pablano and jalapeño)
And green beans from seeds.
I’m also growing tomatoes on my deck. I like to keep them in pots right in front of my kitchen so I can keep a good eye on them. They can get disease so quickly and I’ve had the best luck this way.
And of course, I’m replanting my herb tower this year. I also made a new pin for How to Make a Herb Tower. Make sure to head over to the original post to pin it. This picture is from the middle of the summer last year.
This is what it looks like now… I've got a long way to go!
If you want to start gardening, but don’t have a lot of space this is the ideal project for you. I also like keeping this close to my kitchen so I can easily get to the herbs.
Finally, I did my deck boxes and planters with flowers.
They don’t look that impressive yet, but once the flowers grow in I think the will be fabulous. I’m trying out a new color of wave petunias this year. They are supposed to be a really pretty shade of red.
I’ll make sure to share more pictures when they grow in. Last year they were spectacular! I did a post last year about flowers for full sun deck boxes if you are interested.
So that was my form of exercise this weekend! Luckily I didn’t have to walk around too much to get this done. The good thing is that without my weekend run I had a lot of time to get all of this stuff done! I guess there is always a silver lining. My foot is feeling so much better already and I’m confident I will be ready to walk on Saturday for the March for Babies.
Have a flower-y day friends! Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.
Tomorrow I’m sharing that yummy grilled shrimp recipe that includes a rock star avocado dipping sauce!
I know this isn’t traditional workout post, but I still burned calories! I’m linking this post with Wild Workout Wednesday and Wow! Workout Wednesdays. Also Jill Conyers for Fitness Friday. Thank you so much ladies for the link up party!
Do you do any gardening?
I haven't started planting my garden. The weekend it was sunny and warm I pulled weeds and sprayed a DYI weed killer. It's rained since then and now more weeds *SIGH* Raining again this weekend so I don't know when I'm going to get this thing started!
Oh no!!! I hope the weather cooperates soon. Thanks for stopping by today!
Jess @hellotofit says
The herb tower is such a good idea! Love that you have such a versatile little garden. I don't have a green thumb, so I will be vicariously living through you.
haha! Ok! I'll keep sharing what I get!
Mary Beth Jackson says
look at you, you got that garden going! woo hoo! I can't wait to see our veggies grow!
I have this don't stop until it's done mentality! haha!
Jenny @ apples & kale says
Sweet! An herb tower! All my herbs are in rail planters that's right outside my kitchen door for easy harvesting, but I love the idea. 🙂
I am running out to buy some more large pots this week because my pepper seedlings are doing FANTASTIC and they will all need their own. I am glad to see another container gardener! 🙂 My dream is to have a HUGE garden one day when I don't live in the city!!
It was a dream of mine too 🙂 It's so much fun!!!!
Yay for gardens! I've never had one because the times I tried to grow tomatoes in my backyard ended in disaster (it got murdered by a raccoon :[ ), and I've been moving around ever since. I want fruit trees and a veggie/herb garden in the future!
We have all kinds of berries in the back yard too. It is so gratifying! There is nothing cooler than cooking with food you grow yourself.
Janelle @ Run With No Regrets says
Love the gardening - especially the herb tower! This is my fisrt year growing herbs and we used seeds - we're slowly starting to get some growth! I'm looking forward to tomoatoes, peppers, kale, and summer squash! I don't have a green thumb but I'm trying my best lol!
That is awesome! Every year I say I am going to grow from seeds instead of transplants and it never happens! Good for you for starting from scratch! I'm impressed. My best advice is to watch them often to see what they need.
Venus @ The Venus Family says
This is great inspiration. Thanks Julie for sharing
Libby Haire says
I have had luck was th tomatoes, but nothing else in the edible line. Though my marigolds, salvia, and dusty Miller's are looking nice out front. So far, so good.
I look forward to your continuing posts of your garden.
Thanks Libby!! Fresh tomatoes are amazing.
How far apart do you place your squash plants? I'm trying zucchini and summer squash this year and read 1.5-2ft apart, so just wanted to see what you do.
I put mine too close together and then curse myself in July!! I do about 18 inches... It works.... but just barely!
Ahh!!! This is so fun!! What a beautiful garden you have! Love it!! 🙂
Danyelle Musselman says
I do not have green thumb, but it was pretty cool when my daughter discovered the garden in our backyard that the previous home owners had planted. We actually have strawberries and blueberries. very cool!
That is really cool!
Lauren @ ihadabiglunch says
This brings back so many memories for me! Growing up, my mom used to have a garden and my brother and I were each allowed to pick out one vegetable we were in charge of growing. I remember excitedly checking on my cucumbers every single day 🙂 The one downside to wear I live is that apartment-living in the city doesn't exactly bode well for a garden. I'll have to see if I can figure something out...otherwise I'll just hit up my farmers market every week and let someone else do the growing! haha
Not sure my first comment went through 🙂
I love to garden but am taking it slower and a bit more low key as I focus on raising my twin bosy this summer. I couldn't agree more that yard work and gardening is a gREAT workout! Thanks for linking up with us at #wildworkoutwednesday
I LOVE LOVE LOVE to garden though I'm taking it slower and lower key this year while focusing on being mommy to our twin boys, not a lot of time to plant and water 🙂 but I couldn't agree MORE that gardening or yard work is a GREAT workout!
I imagine it would be hard to take care of babies AND a garden! But as they get older it will be such a fun project for you guys!
Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner says
Every year I say that I am going to start a veggie garden and then it doesn't happen. Every veggie needs their own garden right? I don't have a green thumb at all but maybe I could pull some of this off.
You could totally pull off some herbs!
Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home says
I'm reading this and feeling really guilty that I haven't done any planting yet this spring. But it's been so cold here...
You'll get there! Mother's Day weekend is often "safe" time for us. I remember I had to cover it all once last year though. Hope it warms up soon. Thanks for stopping by today.
Dan Steadman says
we got back to it this year...we have a bunch of veggies planted...however shortly thereafter we had a ton of rain...everything drowned and had to be replanted...
OHHHH NOOO!!! Hope round 2 is growing!
Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie says
So pretty! I wish I had a green thumb...gardening kinda freaks me out a bit. It's the fear of constantly having a spider crawl on me I think.
There were lots of bugs involved this weekend... luckily I can handle it.
Now if I saw a snake... I'd FREAK.
Susie @ SuzLyfe says
Let's get one thing straight. A) I don't have a garden (though we can get little garden plots on our sundeck) B) even if I did, it would not grow. Black thumb, right here. My Dad is a green thumb though--but then he did grow up on a farm. Cheater.
Haha! I bet I could coach your through growing some herbs!
Super jealous of your green thumb and your garden! I have a black thumb for sure and my dad grew up on a farm...guess I didn't inherit his genes, haha!
Susie @ SuzLyfe says
UGH ME TOO
Thanks! I'll send some veggies over 🙂
Mary Jean Henson says
Our gardens look very similar this year! I just finished planting evidence yesterday. I do my tomatoes in pots also. Have better results, as you said. Have a great day!
Thanks Mary Jean! I'm inspecting my plants each day like a crazy lady! haha! Hope your garden is growing well too.
Blane Sherer says
I really enjoyed seeing your gardening " so far ".
I hope you continue to share that with us.
Thanks Blane! It's already growing quickly!